St Cecelia, Blast Them Away renew rivalry in None Such Sprint
Orville Clarke, Gleaner Writer
PRINCESS POPSTAR and BOY WONDER, both unbeaten, should have a battle royal for top honours when they contest the ninth running of the $2.95 million Cash Pot 'Only One For Me' Trophy over 1200 metres at Caymanas Park today.
This marks the first leg of the $10.8 million Supreme Ventures Triple Crown Series for native-bred two-year-olds, which is supplemented by a $6.55 million contribution to purses by Supreme Ventures Limited (SVL).
Both The Philip Feanny-trained filly PRINCESS POPSTAR with former champion Percy Williams and Ian Parsard's BOY WONDER under leading jockey Omar Walker should carry the bulk of the betting, having won by wide margins and in fast times on their recent debut.
There should also be worthwhile support for topweight INSANE BOLT and KLICKNPLAY, both winners of their last two races.
A half-sister to the 2012 derby and St Leger winner, TYPEWRITER, PRINCESS POPSTAR looked awesome on her September 11 debut over the round-five course, winning by all of 19 lengths (canter) in post-to-post fashion, covering the distance in a smart 59.1.
The bay filly by Adore The Gold out of Docs' Paladin turned in what was undoubtedly the most impressive performance by a two-year-old so far this season and looks to be something special.
She has been burning up the track at exercise in preparation for this race, galloping five furlongs in 59.2 last Sunday morning, beating CAMPESINO in the process.
Despite her strong claims, PRINCESS POPSTAR can expect stiff competition from BOY WONDER, who was just as impressive in winning by 14 lengths over this trip on his September 25 debut in the good time of 1:14.0.
This chestnut colt by Traditional out of Jamaican Dream also showed good speed and like PRINCESS POPSTAR, has looked razor sharp in his preparation, clocking a fast 1:06.0 for 5 1/2 furlongs at exercise.
So the stage is set for a duel to the death between BOY WONDER and PRINCESS POPSTAR. My vote goes to PRINCESS POPSTAR, who looks to have that more speed and possibly, class.
Another interesting clash between two-time 'Horse of the Year' SAINT CECELIA and the progressive American colt BLAST THEM AWAY looms in the grade one None Such Sprint over 1200 metres, a race in which recent winner BLAST THEM AWAY is preferred.
I also like LAPTOP in the first race, EL PATRON in the fifth, RUNAWAY QUEEN to repeat in the sixth, FRANGIPANI in the seventh, and POTCHEEN in the eighth.